Journal article

Paretic and nonparetic step tests are noninterchangeable in stroke: a prospective cohort study.

Shamala Thilarajah, Kelly J Bower, Gavin Williams, Ross A Clark, Dawn Tan, Yong-Hao Pua

Physical Therapy | Published : 2021

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: The step test (ST) is a common clinical assessment of dynamic balance among survivors of stroke. The ST assesses a person's ability to place their paretic (paretic ST) or nonparetic (nonparetic ST) foot rapidly and repeatedly on and off a standardized block while standing. No study has formally explored if the 2 tests are interchangeable. Our study aimed to (1) differentiate the correlates of paretic and nonparetic ST and (2) compare their associations with physical function and falls. METHODS: Eighty-one survivors of stroke were consecutively recruited from inpatient rehabilitation units (n = 4) and were assessed within 1 week prior to discharge. In addition to the ST, a handheld..

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